09 November 2012

Methodist response to appointment of Justin Welby as Archbishop of Canterbury

Methodist leaders have welcomed the appointment of Justin Welby as the new Archbishop of Canterbury. In a statement Church leaders praised Welby for his 'spiritual depth and wisdom.' Bishop Welby's Methodist colleague in Durham, the Revd Ruth Gee, described him as a valued colleague and expressed her delight at his new appointment.

The full statements follow:

"Bishop Justin has demonstrated himself to be a man of spiritual depth and wisdom. He has shown great passion and enthusiasm for working together with other Churches and we look forward to working with him in the context of the partnership between our two Churches. His generous nature, and commitment to serving his communities that have been so greatly valued in Durham will be a huge blessing to the wider Church. We look forward to seeing his leadership guide the Church of England in the coming years and will keep him and his family in our prayers as he takes up this significant global role."
The Revd Dr Mark Wakelin, President of the Methodist Conference
Mr Michael King, Vice-President of the Methodist Conference
The Revd Canon Dr Martyn Atkins, General Secretary of the Methodist Church

"Bishop Justin is a deeply spiritual man who has been warmly received by Christians here, not least because he has quickly understood and related to their hopes and concerns. He has a heart for ecumenism and enthusiasm for mission and I have valued him as a colleague. I am delighted that he has been appointed as Archbishop of Canterbury though sorry that he will be moving from the North East so soon. We will be praying for him and for his family in this time of change."
The Revd Ruth Gee, Chair of the Darlington Methodist District


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